Friday, February 10, 2012

The Zooka Bluetooth Speaker to make the IPad Sound Good

I love Kickstarter. Here is a project I like.

The Zooka Bluetooth Speaker has been created with the portability of a tablet, and high quality sound at the forefront of its design.

Tablets are made to move, adapt, and flow from one use to another, and "docking" a tablet or trying to turn your tablet into a desktop is limiting and counter intuitive.

So instead we designed Zooka to work with your tablet. It goes where you go, functions with your smart cover, and provides you with 5x the sound of your tiny, in-board speakers. Made entirely of silicone its simple to slide on any iPad. Design and Utility Patent Pending.


Zooka wirelessly connects via Bluetooth to the iPhone, iPad or any other smartphone, tablet or computer.


If you don’t have a Bluetooth device, no problem, Zooka has a 3.5mm audio input that allows you to plug-in any device without the Bluetooth function.


The design of the Zooka allows it to also fit perfectly on your laptop screen, enabling you to play high quality audio while surfing the web. And the cutout groove makes sure your camera lens doesn't get covered in the process.


The rechargeable lithium ion batteries support 8+ hours of streaming music, movie audio, web and digital content.

Take Zooka on vacation, to the office, poolside, a picnic, throw it in your back pocket and take it on a hike, take Zooka practically anywhere.


The Zooka can take a beating. The sleeve is made entirely of medical grade silicone, making it both durable and comfortable to the touch.

The silicone will also not scratch your tablet and will provides an ergonomic and comfortable grip for the lengthy movie or the quick grab and go situation.


As well as being rugged, we've designed Zooka in such a way to allow it to function perfectly without any mechanical or moving parts, thus adding to its portability and the durability of the internal components.

The silicone will also not scratch your tablet and will provide an ergonomic grip for the lengthy movie or the quick grab and go situation.


We are NEW, a design studio in Portland Oregon. We have experience designing quality audio products for large companies for years. One could say that by now that we know what looks good, and sounds even better. With all that knowledge, it's only natural that sometimes we get great ideas of our own, but we just don't have the capital to get them produced.

Zooka is one of those ideas, and we're really excited about it. So excited, that we've put in almost a year of work to get it this far. Now the rest is in your hands.


To date Zooka has been self funded and looking for your help to make the final push into production. Your contribution will help us with development costs and injection moulding tools. Tooling is expensive, and many times factories require a very high MOQ (Minimum Quantity Order) which tends to discorage small budget projects. With your help, we are hoping to surpass those obstacles and get Zooka into your hands.

Our factory is confirmed and on schedule to begin tooling March 1, should the funds be received.

With your help we could put a Zooka in your hands by Summer 2012.

Thank You!

**New to Kickstarter?**

For those of you new to kickstarter, it's important to know that if projects do not reach their funding goal, they do not receive any of the funds. Even more reason that they need your help!

Want to see some other cool iPad related KickStarter projects? Click here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

How to use your iPad with your HDTV

The iPad has a great size screen; however, there are times when you want to see the iPad content on a bigger screen. The biggest screen in most homes is the TV, especially the HDTV. 

Who wouldn't want to put their pictures, movies, music, programs and games on the big screen. 

You really want to get both audio and video to the TV.  There are really two options from Apple to make this possible: Apple Digital AV adapter or the Apple TV.

The first is the Apple Digital AV Adapter.  Apple Digital AV Adapter mirrors exactly what you see on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4s so that everyone in the room can enjoy it on your widescreen TV, video projection screen, or other HDMI-compatible display. The Apple Digital AV Adapter also supports video out for iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation), but without the mirroring ability. With these older devices, including my iPad 1, we have to settle for the limited number of apps that embed the AirPlay into their apps. 

The Apple Digital AV HDMI Adapter is different from the Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter that was made available with the iPad 1 because it sends both video and audio signals to the HDTV. The VGA adapter handles only video and doesn't support the mirror feature - plus VGA ports are not included on most HDTV. They are typically only on LCD TV. This makes the Apple Digital AV Adapter the only wired option to use today. The down side is that it is wired and requires that you have or buy a HDTV cable too. It is not that you have to buy a HDTV cable, because the other option requires one too - you need a good length to make it feasible like HDMI to HDMI Cable (25 feet). Anything shorter would require that you stand or sit pretty close to the TV.

A more elegant way to display your iPad 2 and iPhone 4s content on your HDTV is to do so with an Apple TV. The Apple TV is small, it offers great resources for entertainment. Rent HD movies or rent TV shows in HD, commercial free. Stream directly from the catalog of Netflix titles (with monthly subscription plan of about $8.. Watch your favorite YouTube videos. And enjoy music and photos from your home computer on your home theater system.

The Apple TV also connects to your home computer (either Mac or Windows PC), and you'll be able to stream all your purchased music, TV shows, movies as well as podcasts and photo slideshows from your computer directly to your HDTV via the Apple TV.

The Apple TV has built in ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking as well as a wired Ethernet connection. Control the Apple TV using the included seven-button aluminum Apple Remote, or use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and the Remote app--a free download from the iTunes App Store. All you need is a single HDMI cable to set it up. So you need a cable, but only to connect the Apple TV to your HDTV. You can use a much smaller cable like this one: HDMI Cable 2M (6 Feet). The reat thing? There is no wire between your iOS device and the HDTV.

The big box stores will try to convince you that you need to pay $40 a $100 for a HDMI cable. The truth is a $2 - $4 HDMI cable will work as good.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Sunday, February 5, 2012

xCon redeems Access for Apple AppStore Apps Blocked Because iPad is Jailbroken

Jailbreaking your iPad or any other iOS device has numerous advantages such as allowing the flexibility to install awesome Cydia tweaks, add customization, and to get Siri to do more like launch apps and turn Bluetooth on and off.

But on the flip side there is some can be some stability issues if you just add thing willie-nilly. I recommend doing some research before you install any Cydia apps to you device. It can be frustrating to load rogue or buggy applications to your iPad. 

What is even more frustrating is to have a perfectly stable Jailbroken iPad that will not run official AppStore apps, not because the device is unstable but because the developer has chosen to block your device from using the app - just because it is Jailbroken. This is especially frustrating if you paid for an app or paid for the services that app is suppose to allow you to access. 

There are such apps on the Apple AppStore that will refuse to run if you have a jailbroken iOS device. This can be very frustrating indeed particularly when the device has been jailbroken by the user only for legal purposes and NOT to do things like installing cracked/illegal apps from third-party sources.

If you are in such a situation then you may not to need to worry anymore as there is Cydia Tweak called XCon that is available which will allows your iPad to bypass or unblock the jailbreak detection that these AppStore apps use.

Unfortunately, XCon is not an universal "unblocking" application, the developers have to manually add supported apps to the app. But if you are like me, and have an app that IS supported, the xCon app is awesome. Here is a list of the currently supported App store apps that the xCon Cydia tweak will work with:

  • AlwaysOnPC
  • Bloomberg Anywhere
  • Bright House
  • Cablevision
  • Cisco M-Learning
  • Cox TV Connect for iPad
  • DirecTV iPad
  • Flixster
  • Golden Cinema
  • Good For Enterprise
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tale apps
  • Hanabank
  • KB starPlus
  • Samsungcard
  • Skype
  • Time Warner Cable TV
  • Verizon OnDemand/FlexView

    Please note that this is a jailbreak unblocker but NOT a crack detection application for the iOS devices as noted by the developer as well! XCon Cydia App is available for free from ModMyi repo. 

    The present list covers most of the widely used anti-jailbreak apps on the App Store, but nevertheless, seems a bit limited. The developer of xCon has requested users to contact him if they want more apps added to the supported list, and so we might see the list grow soon.

    I tested the tweak for the BrightHouse TV app, and sure enough, the tweak worked (as you can see in the screenshots below). As mentioned earlier, the tweak is free, and if you want to use any of the above mentioned apps, just head to the Cydia store and get xCon from the ModMyi repo.

    Here is my experience with the xCon app with the BrightHouse Network TV app.

    Imagine my disappointment when I fired up the BrightHouse Network TV app and was greeted with this screen.

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    I was like, "Are you Serious!". What H-E double hockey stick does having a Jailbreak broken iPad have to do with watching TV programming that I paid a monthly fee for? Why would BrightHouse care that my iPad is JailBroken? I was pissed. But my anger was quickly subdued after a quick search on the web. xCon to the rescue!

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    My app made the list!

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    I installed the Tweak.

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    Resprung my iPad.

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    Loaded the BHTV app without a hitch. As you can see from the top bar, where the time is, my iPad 1 is still Jailbroken.

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    As I always say, "If it is man made, it can be man unmade!". Thanks xCon! So when you see the following message, "Bright house TV is not supported on "Jailbroken" devices. Please restore your iPad to factory defaults, then reinstall Bright House TV", you can say "Whatever!". There is a fix for this issue, go get the only xCon that can help you with this problem.

    Now I have to get back to my show - I'll see you on the web!

    Carl Brooks
  • Thursday, February 2, 2012

    Interesting new App - CrimePush

    I didn't say it wasn't in the AppStore. I say it is not fully functional for the end user. It clearly states this in descriptive text of the app. 

    This is not a replacement for 911 but more as a tool to assist law endorsement agencies. 

    It will allow you report an incident with audio, video or pictures thus documenting an event.  A simple call would capture the same. In some areas, you can be on hold with 911 and may never get to report an incident.  

    Also you may be able to report suspicious characters and events that may appear to be harmless, but may later be contrary. 

    People with an iPad or iPod Touch could report incident despite not having a phone service. 

    I think there is room for such an app. 

    Carl W. Brooks

    On Feb 2, 2012, at 12:04 PM, "Ed" wrote:

      Actually CrimePush is now available on the APP store.

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